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Counsel for the wise

twitter-logo Alokesh bhattacharyya       Print Edition: Sep 16, 2012

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it
Publilius Syrus, Syrian-Italian writer of maxims, 1st Century BC

Personal accounts of 50 of India's "wise" men and women - the country's biggest corporate leaders. They are a diverse lot, from titans such as Anil Agarwal, Adi Godrej, K.V. Kamath and N.R. Narayana Murthy to the new set of Internet warriors such as Ishita Swarup , Deep Kalra, Kunal Bahl and Phanindra Sama. Each one of them writes about the advice that worked for them. What is important to note is that they chose which advice they wanted to follow, and profited from it. And no, when we say profited, we don't mean "made money".

Adi Godrej writes about how his mother's advice helped him realise the value of money. K.V. Kamath says his mentor N. Vaghul's advice to revisit a policy that came in the way of a big deal for ICICI's leasing business taught him to challenge the status quo. Ajay Piramal was inspired by the Bhagwad Gita's concept of Trusteeship. N.R. Narayana Murthy's high school teacher taught him to look after community property with greater care than his own.

There are many, many more. This package of sage and priceless advice is apt for times such as these, when there is turbulence - not merely economic but social and political as well. As you read over what has helped some of our most successful business people flourish, we hope you will find something that might help you on your way.

 WORDS OF WISDOM: Personal accounts by 50 of India's corporate leaders
 Schauna ChauhanDhruv Shringi
 Deep Kalra
Sachin Bansal

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